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From a Child’s Perspective

This Christmas we got my oldest son and daughter their first tablets. Without saying, they were ecstatic! My first thought was to install a good Bible program so that they could follow along when I or our other elder preaches. We chose Olive Tree because, simply put, it’s the best app for Bible reading on a tablet. That’s what they…

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Jesus Did Not Die to Fulfill God’s Wonderful Plan for Your Life

I listen to Christian radio sometimes while I’m driving. I’m not too big on Contemporary Christian Music, but I do enjoy some of the worship and praise songs that my local station plays on occasion; occasion being the key word, there. Most times, I hear self-absorbed, self-centered music with a few God and Jesus lyrics thrown in for good measure.…

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Scripture Vs. the Still, Small Voice

I only planned to write one post about the book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I wanted to show how any book like Jesus Calling is an attack, even if unintended, on the sufficiency of Scripture. This led to a second post regarding direct revelation. When God speaks, His words are authoritative and must be heeded and obeyed. Therefore, if…

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Your Job is a High and Holy Calling: The Doctrine of Vocation

God is at work in the world. But He normally works through means. That is, through ordinary everyday situations and people. Now for sure, God is God, and can work in His world any way He chooses. For example, He could have continued to create the human race the way He created the first man and woman, out of the…

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Does My Job Really Matter?

Before the Reformation work was divided into two categories: the sacred and the mundane. There were those who were called to be priests, nuns, and monks. And then there was the rest of humanity. Only those who were the spiritual were the ones who could really do anything “important” for God. Then came the Reformation. Martin Luther began espousing that…

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It’s Not a “Mistake”

Why must we always try to redefine it? Why can we never accept it for what it is? Flip Wilson always stated, (though in jest) “The devil made me do it.” Past eras have simply blamed it on the old adage, “I can’t help it. That’s just who I am.” But the modern Evangelical church is the worst! They call…

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Calvin’s Answer to Why a Cross? Could Christ Have Died Another Way?”

This is a section from book 2 ch. 16 of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. I titled it “Why the Cross? Could Christ Have Died Another Way?” For, in order to remove our condemnation, it was not sufficient to endure any kind of death. To satisfy our ransom, it was necessary to select a mode of death in…

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5 Reasons Why Hell Is a Message of LoveSteven Long 9/21/13

Condemnation; judgment; unloving; mean-spirited. These are the words that usually come to mind when a person hears another talking about the subject of Hell. And these are the first accusations that are laid upon my fellow open air preachers when we attempt to share the Gospel of Grace with them. It seems that most people cannot get past the part…

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